Archive for the ‘OS X Tips’ Category

How To Temporarily Disable Notification Center in Mavericks

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If you’re a Logic Pro user, you’ll likely want to hear about version updates that became available in the App Store. The Notification Center in OS X Mavericks takes care of this, but the options it gives you once an update is out are seriously annoying (Restart, or Later?). Here’s how to temporarily disable Notification Center in Mavericks while you’re focusing on your music, so you won’t be disturbed by any messages at all.

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Send Audio Files With The Messages App On OS X, iOS

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Now this is fun, me thinks. You can drag audio files straight into the Messages application on OS X Mountain Lion. I tested this a while ago with a 58 Mb stereo .WAV file of some drums, and the file got converted to a mono MPEG-4 .M4A AAC file, at 22050 Khz – with a filesize of 662 Kb.

Lossy as hell (!!!), but still pretty cool.

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Control Logic Pro By Keyboard With Shortcat

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Shortcat (currently in Beta) is a keyboard tool for Mac OS X that lets you “click” buttons and control your apps with a few keystrokes on your keyboard. It’s like OS X Spotlight for the user interface. Shortcat works with the Accessibility API, which is supported by all, if not many, applications that come with Mac OS X. I just gave it a little whirl, and it looks like it works fine with Logic Pro 9.

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Turn Multi-Touch Gestures Into Key Commands With BetterTouchTool

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If you like using multi-touch gestures with Logic Pro, BetterTouchTool will blow your mind. Developed by Andreas Hegenberg from München, this utility seriously extends the functionality of your (Magic) Trackpad. BetterTouchTool brings you about 100 totally configurable gestures by combining multi-touch gestures together with the modifier keys on your Mac’s keyboard. Best of all, BetterTouchTool lets you configure gestures that are global or application specific, so turning gestures into key commands for Logic Pro is entirely possible. The utility works with the Magic Mouse, a tablet, keyboard, regular mouse and the Apple Remote. And it’s free.

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How To Use Your Trackpad With Logic Pro 9

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Multi-touch gestures have become an integral part of OS X since Lion. Instead of merely clicking and dragging, we’re tapping, pinching, swiping and rotating. Whether you have a desktop Mac with a separate Magic Trackpad, or a Macbook Pro with a Multi-Touch trackpad, note that some gestures work well in Logic Pro 9. Here’s an overview of those multi-touch gestures, on a mid-2010 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

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Apple Acquires Redmatica Software – Confirmed?

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Perhaps this email I just received a couple of minutes ago from Redmatica confirms its acquisition by Apple:

Dear Redmatica Customer,
After eight wonderful years of developing creative sampling tools, I have decided to close Redmatica to pursue other interests. Thank you for all your patronage!

Andrea Gozzi, Founder

Something obviously got lost in translation here. Close Redmatica? Other interests? How vague.

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